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Jacksonville’s BEST Holiday Events Guide

Jacksonville Holiday Events

Welcome to our guide to all of the family-friendly, fun, and festive events happening on the First Coast this holiday season. Your one-stop spot for all of the best tree lighting ceremonies, Santa visits, gingerbread house-making events, Christmas light displays, boat parades, and holiday shows. Be sure to check back throughout the season for updated holiday events.

 

Holiday Activities for Families in Jacksonville

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Where to See Santa

Check out our list of Santa events! From Breakfast with Santo to Storytime tea!

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Tree Lightings and Holiday Light Displays

Starting early in November and up until Christmas, there’s sure to be a tree lighting event to amaze the whole family.

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Holiday Shopping In & Around Jacksonville

We are so lucky that Jacksonville offers so many amazing shopping events during the holiday season!

Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Jacksonville

Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Jacksonville

Get ready to make some holiday-inspired crafts, celebrate with Santa, and check out some amazing gingerbread houses!

Cruising for Christmas Lights

Cruising for Christmas Lights

Pack the family n the car and drive around Jacksonville to hit the best-lighted homes and neighborhoods!

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Holiday Shows In & Around Jacksonville

We have an incredible list of holiday shows, including several Nutcracker options and theatre in Jacksonville!

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Holiday Parades In & Around Jacksonville

Jacksonville and the surrounding areas not only have a variety of parades, but also boat parades!

Christmas Tree Farms

Tree Farms In and Around Jax

It may be surprising, but even here in Florida, there are farms where you can not only get your very own Christmas tree but cut it down yourself, too!

More on the Holidays in Jacksonville

Let us help you make this holiday season the merriest yet with our exclusive access to all of Jacksonville’s best Christmas and holiday events. Check out the First Coast’s best Christmas lights displaystree lightings and all the best places to go see Santa. Plus, if you need childcare over the holiday break, we’ve created a guide to the best winter break camps in Jacksonville.

Upcoming Holiday Events

Holiday Lightings

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Family-Friendly Events

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A Holiday Tradition I ‘Gift’ Myself

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Add Your Holiday Event to Our Calendar

Are you a local business in the Jacksonville area? Do you have a holiday event you want to add to our calendar? Follow the link to submit your event.

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Born and raised in the Aloha state and a traveling gypsy at heart, Chantel left the nest fresh out of high school and headed off for college in sunny Southern California. Almost a decade later she met and fell madly in love with her hubby who whisked her off to the great Midwest. After five brutal winters in Nebraska, Chantel realized that home will always be where the ocean is (and the snow isn’t), so off to Jacksonville they went, where this Hawaiian girl now spends her days as a stay-at-home wrangler to her two baby bears. Prior to becoming a household CEO, she joyfully spent her time as the Program Assistant Director of a preschool. Digging deep into wellness and health is her jam alongside spontaneous dance parties with her kiddos are what sing to her soul. Chantel is wildly passionate about advocating for her son, who lives with multiple severe food allergies. You can find her out and about on a daily basis as she is a self-proclaimed busy body and loves hitting up the beach or exploring new spots in town while homeschooling her kiddos. If you ever see this fast-paced mama on the go, be sure to say hi because she is always up for meeting new people and making new friends!

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  1. Please consider adding Mandarin’s Christmas tree lighting to the list!

    Are you ready to make Mandarin more merry this Friday evening? 🎄

    Join us as we “Light Up Mandarin” at the Historic Mandarin Community Club, where our Community’s Official Christmas Tree will be illuminated with over 2,000 lights – topped with our signature Mandarin Orange. 🍊

    Mandarinites can enjoy food and hot chocolate, musical performances, and a visit from Santa 🎅🏼

    Our club table will be open! Please stop by and grab some Mandarin holiday gifts for you or your loved one. While your there, you can support our Luminary Kit fundraiser so your neighborhood can Light Up Mandarin, too! 🕯Oh, and did we mention we are always welcoming new members to join this nearly 100-year-old institution? Grab a membership form while you’re there! 🍊

    See the article here:

    https://www.floridanewsline.com/mandarin/mandarin-community-club-tree-lighting-kicks-off-the-holiday-season/

    #christmas2021 #treelighting #mandarin

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